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    This Day in History – November 17, 1961

    On this day in 1961, the Albany Movement was formed in Albany, Georgia. The Albany Movement was the first mass movement in the modern civil rights era that aimed for desegregation of the entire community. The movement resulted in the jailing of over 1,000 African Americans. The roots of the Albany Movement were planted in […]

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    This Day in History – November 16, 2001

    On this day in 2001, Agbani Darego of Nigeria was crowned Miss World, making her the first African American to win the title. Darego was born on December 22, 1982 in Lagos, Nigeria. She attended Bereton Montessori Nursery and Primary School as a child and later attended a boarding school. Her mother, diagnosed with breast […]

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    This Day in History – November 15, 1979

    On this day in 1979, the Spingarn Medal was awarded to Rosa L. Parks. Rosa Parks was born Rosa Louise McCauley on February 4, 1913 in Tuskegee Alabama. She attended Montgomery Industrial School for Girls, a private institution, and later went on to Alabama State Teacher’s College High School. Although she experienced some delays in […]

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    This Day in History – November 14, 1915

    On this day in 1915, Booker T. Washington died at the age of 59 in Tuskegee, Alabama. Born into slavery in Virginia, Washington is remembered for founding the Tuskegee Institute in 1881. When he was only 10 years old, he worked in a salt furnace for an upper-class family, whom he learned personal morality from. […]

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    This Day in History – November 13, 1955

    On this day in 1955, Whoopi Goldberg was born Caryn Elaine Johnson in New York City, New York. She grew up in a low-income neighborhood with a single mother. At the age of 17, Goldberg dropped out of high school due to her struggles with dyslexia. In 1974, Goldberg moved to California, where she pursued […]

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    This Day in History – November 12, 1977

    On this day in 1977, Ernest Nathan Morial was elected the first African American mayor of New Orleans, Louisiana. Born on October 9, 1929, Morial grew up in the seventh ward of New Orleans. He attended Holy Redeemer Elementary School and graduated from Xavier University of Louisiana in 1951. He then went on to attend […]

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    This Day in History – November 11, 1995

    On this day in 1995, author and poet Kenule Beeson Saro-Wiwa was executed. Born October 10, 1941 in Nigeria, Saro-Wiwa attended Government College, Umuahia as well as the University of Ibadan. After graduating, he taught briefly at the University of Lagos before he joined the federal forces in the late 1960’s. He later worked as […]

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    This Day in History – November 10, 1957

    On this day in 1961, Andrew Hatcher was named associate press secretary to President John F. Kennedy. Born on June 19, 1923 in Princeton, New Jersey, Hatcher attended the Witherspoon School for Colored Children. He later attended Princeton High School and then went on to continue his education at Springfield College in Massachusetts. However, during […]

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    This Day in History – November 9, 1964

    On this day in 1964, Roger Arliner Young, the first black woman to receive a doctoral degree in zoology, died in New Orleans, Louisiana. Born in Virginia in 1889, Young moved with her family to Burgettstown, Pennsylvania at a young age. In 1916, Young decided to study music and enrolled at Howard University in Washington, […]

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    This Day in History – November 8, 1953

    On this day in 1953, actress Alfre Woodard was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In her teens, she discovered her love for acting, and decided to pursue a degree in fine arts and theater from Boston University. After graduating in 1974, Woodard took up improv and shortly after landed a role in For Colored Girls Who […]